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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Arts and Culture

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Best Artist/Photographer

BEST ARTS CULTURE JohnHunterJOHN F. HUNTER

 1. John F. Hunter was the first photographer to capture the 2013 arrival of humpback whales.

 2. Born in Iowa, he took a job in Colorado maintaining ski slopes with a snow cat when he was 19. He took up photography after moving to Santa Cruz in 1988.

 3. He’s proud of his mural of a collage of five ocean shots, now installed in a suite at 49ers Levi’s Stadium (pictured).

 4. He has a 2015 photo calendar out that features the natural beauty of Santa Cruz County, available on johnfhunterphotography.com or at Mr. Toots, Whaler’s and Cruz Car Wash.

 5. He posts a new photo on Facebook every day. | JUNE SMITH

 

Best Local Poet

BEST ARTS CULTURE EllenBassELLEN BASS

1. Ellen Bass has had her poetry featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic and many more.

2. Books featuring her poetry include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women.

3. She has also written non-fiction,co-authoring Free Your Mind: The Book For Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, and co-editing I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.

4. Bass worked on her most recent poetry collection, Like a Beggar, for seven years.

5. She currently is teaching in the MFA program at Pacific University. | AMANDA EDWARDS

 

Best Festival

BEST COMMUNITY GREEKGREEK FESTIVAL

1. This fall will be the Greek Festival’s 34th annual soiree (Sept. 11-13).

2. From a small celebration in the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church courtyard in 1981, the festival has expanded to a block party on Church Street.

3. Who doesn’t love the sound of live bouzouki music? Part of the festival’s fun is authentic Greek music and songs by a live band, with a group performance of Greek traditional dancing. And then the public is invited to join in and show off their terpsichorean skills.

4. If something looks delicious at the Greek Festival, and you don’t know how to pronounce it, all you have to do is point.

5. Greek coffee is delicious, but don’t drink the powdery dregs at the bottom of the cup. | JOSIE COWDEN

 

Art Event

FIRST FRIDAY

firstfridaysantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Open Studios Art Tour, Capitola Art & Wine Festival

Art Gallery

MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

705 Front St., Santa Cruz, 429-1964, santacruzmah.org

RUNNERS-UP Felix Kulpa, R. Blitzer

Artist/Photographer

JOHN HUNTER

johnfhunterphotography.com

RUNNERS-UP Devi Pride Photography, Shmuel Thaler

Author (local)

LAURIE KING

laurierking.com

RUNNERS-UP Geoffrey Dunn, Karen Joy Fowler

Dance Studio

MOTION PACIFIC

131 Front St., Santa Cruz, 457-1616, motionpacific.com

RUNNERS-UP Pacific Arts Complex, Tannery World Dance

Festival (film/art/music)

BLUES FESTIVAL

santacruzamericanmusicfestival.com

RUNNERS-UP Cabrillo Music Festival, Redwood Mountain Faire

Festival (street)

GREEK FESTIVAL

facebook.com/santacruzgreekfestival

RUNNERS-UP Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Begonia Festival

Kids’ Art Program

SEVEN DIRECTIONS

303 Potrero St., #7a, Santa Cruz, 345-9893, sevendirections.org

RUNNERS-UP Studio Sprout, Drawn 2 Art   

Movie Theater

NICKELODEON

210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 426-7500, thenick.com

RUNNERS-UP Del Mar, Cinelux Scotts Valley

Mural/Public Art

LIVE OAK STORIES

1916 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz

RUNNERS-UP Capitola Village, Bill’s Wheels

Museum

MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

705 Front St., Santa Cruz, 429-1964, santacruzmah.org

RUNNERS-UP Natural History Museum, Children’s Museum of Discovery

Poet (local)

ELLEN BASS

RUNNERS-UP Gary Young, Kevin Devaney

Radio Personality (local)

SLEEPY JOHN SANDIDGE

KPIG-FM, 107.5 and KZSC-FM, 88.1

RUNNERS-UP Rosemary Chalmers, Ethan Bearman  

Radio Station

KPIG-FM

107.5

RUNNERS-UP 88.1 KZSC, 88.9 KUSP

Television Personality (local)

DAN GREEN

KSBW

RUNNERS-UP Dale Julien, Jim Vanderzwaan  

Television Newscast (Local)

KSBW   

RUNNER-UP KION

Theater Company

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE

santacruzshakespeare.org

RUNNERS-UP Cabrillo Stage, Jewel Theater  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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